Kenny Chesney finds meaning in his "Fishbowl"

Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:25pm EDT
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Country star Kenny Chesney says that making his new album "Welcome to the Fishbowl" was a personal journey that helped him to better understand himself by being more sure of his place in the world.

"I can tell you this album was unlike any other just for the emotional journey I went on to make it," Chesney said in an interview. "The songs are very personal. Once I heard them all together I realized the thread of searching was there. This is the most vulnerable I've ever been as an artist on a record."

The album, which includes "Feel Like a Rock Star" and "Come Over," sold 193,000 copies in its first week. It scored No. 1 on the Billboard country chart on Wednesday and No. 2 on the music publication's overall album list behind pop star Justin Bieber.

Chesney, 44, was born and raised in Tennessee and first made his mark in country music in the 1990s. He has a reputation for being hard working and has won numerous awards, with hits that include "Out Last Night," and "The Boys of Fall".

The singer, who was married to actress Renee Zellweger for a short time in 2005, said that with time and maturity he is at a point in his career where he wants his music to be truthful.

The title track, "Welcome to the Fishbowl," tells more about the everyday person Chesney is rather than the celebrity he has become.

"I really believe now, more than ever, we're living in an ever-changing world," he said. "There's another song on there, ‘I'm a Small Town,' which is like where I grew up.

"Everyone knew everyone else's business on a small scale inside that town," he said. "Today, everyone knows everyone's business on a global scale and it's instant. You don't have to be in the public eye like me to be affected by it. That's the way we took this song and this phrase."   Continued...

Singer Kenny Chesney performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, June 22, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid